Ex-Ghana President Jerry Rawlings dies aged 73

Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings aged 73 years has died from Covid-19 complications.

The Ghanian ex-president died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana, on Thursday morning.

Jerry Rawlings who served two terms as the democratically elected president of Ghana was a retired Ghanaian military officer and politician who led the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979. 

Rawlings came to power following a coup d’etat by the Ghana Air Force. Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15 May 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the  Provisional national Defence Council (PNDC).

In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the Nationa Democratic Congress (NDC), and became the first President of the fourth Republic. he was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

After two terms in office, the limit according to the Ghanian Constitution, Rawlings endorsed his vice president John Atta Mills as presidential candidate in 2000. He served as the African Union envoy to Somalia.


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